The Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African Photographs: 1860-1960
Publicado20 Jan 2015
Liz Timbs, historiadora, doutoranda em História Africana, escreve no site Africaisacountry a rubrica 'Digital Arquive', sobre fotografia e África. Neste artigo, debruça-se sobre The Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African Photographs: 1860-1960.
The Humphrey Winterton Collection is an expansive collection of over 7,500 photographs taken mainly in East Africa between 1860 and 1960. Part of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies Collection at Northwestern University, the Winterton Collection was assembled by British collector Humphrey Winterton. These photographs preserve a range of key historical moments in the region, from the opening of the Busoga Railway in 1912 to Hermann von Wissman’s 1889-1890 expedition to suppress the Abushiri Revolt. In addition to major historical events, this collection also captures life in this region from the mid-nineteenth- to mid-twentieth century. From portraits to landscapes, this collection really does, as the site purports, represent “an unsurpassed resource for the study of the history of photography in East Africa.” The photographs are tagged and cataloged in a variety of ways, but, to be honest, these efforts at organizing the collection make it quite difficult to find anything. It’s much simpler to use the keyword search function to navigate the collection or, if you have the time, to browse the collection in its totality.